Posts Categorized: Pythian

Amazon Lures Microsoft Customers with SQL Server RDS

Until very recently, SQL Azure was the only solution offering SQL Server on cloud, Google Cloud SQL offering only MySQL, and Amazon offering MySQL and Oracle. Not anymore! The online retail and cloud solution giant is now offering SQL server as part of its RDS service and also added ASP.NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Error Installing Oracle VM: File “/usr/lib/anaconda/network.py”

I just installed 3.1.1 Oracle VM server on my sandbox for training purposes and faced the same issue I did when installing versions 3.0.3 and 3.0.1. I quickly found a workaround that worked for me. But as a follow up, I decided to search though Google and MOS in order to see if there has been any good development in resolving the issue from others.

Happy Geek Pride Day!

Geeks, freakazoids, nerds, dweebs, it’s that time of the year again: May 25th i.e., International Geek Pride Day!! Here are some snapshots of the Geeks at Pythian celebrating in style today.

My SLOB IO Testing Index

As SLOB takes the IO testing on Oracle Instance level, you need to watch for several things before you declare official testing results. My suggestion is: Don’t take any result for granted. You need to assess those before stating that you are done.

My First Experience Running SLOB – Don’t Repeat My Errors (AWR)

If you are wondering what I have been busying myself with, this post explains it. As you may have noticed, I am still testing one of the Oracle systems using the SLOB framework and learning on my way. I ran several tests with the same parameters (Readers 24) and noticed that for one reason or another awr.txt reports different runtimes.
I was wondering why I was getting inconsistent runtimes for similar conditions. The answer to the mystery was very simple: The runit.sh script just generates awr.txt reports for the last and before last awr snapshots.

Insider’s Guide to ODA Performance

If you are interested in the topic of ODA performance but missed the webinar or if you want to hear it again, you can view our recording here. I also uploaded the slides to slideshare, so you can take a better look at our benchmark results and study our consolidation methods at your own pace.

Test-Driving Reflex

At work, we have a need for a little job daemon that would poll jobs and process them. But there is more than one type of job, so the solution that we need will have to be a little more complex. To get to my goal, I decided that I would have a generic Poller class. For each type of job to monitor and run, I will create a different object with parameters to tell it how often to poll, how to poll, and what to do with the stuff it polls. Sounds good? Perfect, then let’s go.

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